Laurie Stroup Smith grew up in Loveland and graduated from Loveland High School

Clermont County, Ohio – Debut author Laurie Stroup Smith will be speaking to readers and signing copies of Pockets of Promise, Book #1 in The Pocket Quilt Series, from 2 until  4 PM at the Miami Township Branch of the Clermont County Public Library on Saturday, May 2nd. Light refreshments will be provided, and Smith will draw giveaway winners from the names of those in attendance.

Pockets of PromiseSmith was named a Finalist in the 2017 ACFW First Impressions Contest for this story and a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 and 2019 ACFW Genesis Contests for additional writing.

Released by Vinspire Publishing on April 30, Pockets of Promise is about a young Amish woman—torn between two worlds and two men—who travels to the Amish snowbird community of Pinecraft, Florida, where she receives wisdom and guidance through secret letters tucked into the pockets of a special quilt.

Kelly Irvin, award-winning author of Mountains of Grace and a Long Bridge Home, says, “With her debut novel, Pockets of Promise, Laurie Stroup Smith has elevated a lovely Amish romance to a universal coming-of-age story.”

Vannetta Chapman, award-winning author of Agatha’s Amish B&B Series, agrees, saying, “A fresh new voice in Amish fiction…Smith pulls us straight into the confusion of an Amish rumspringa…touching, authentic, and sweet.”

Purchase paperback copies of the book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The ebook will be available soon.

Visit for more information. Smith looks forward to connecting with readers on Facebook and Instagram.

Watch this interview with Laurie Stroup Smith conducted last June

Former Loveland grad shares her journey from athletic trainer to signing book deal


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